Computer Shopper Magazine Announces 22nd Annual Shoppers' Choice Awards

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Awards recognize readers' picks for technology's best products, companies, and services.

Computer Shopper magazine and ComputerShopper.com today announced winners of its 22nd annual Shoppers' Choice Awards. The awards recognize Computer Shopper readers' picks for the year's best technology products, companies, and services in 43 categories.

"Now more than ever, people are looking to their peers for advice when they're making their buying decisions," said Sean Portnoy, Executive Editor of Computer Shopper. "The Shoppers' Choice awards are a chance for our readers -- an amazingly tech-savvy group of computer users -- to let their fellow tech shoppers know which companies and products they feel are best in class."

The Shoppers' Choice winners were announced today at ComputerShopper.com and in the February 2008 print issue of Computer Shopper magazine. Reflecting the huge purchasing influence of the Computer Shopper audience, winners were picked across a broad spectrum of categories ranging from "Best Place to Buy Consumer Electronics" to "Best Gaming Desktop" to "Best Digital Camera."

Thousands of readers voiced their choices with online balloting open to all readers of Computer Shopper and ComputerShopper.com

The winners of Computer Shopper magazine's 2007 Shoppers' Choice Awards are listed below and can be found online at http://www.computershopper.com/shopperschoice

BEST GAMING DESKTOP
Alienware Area-51 ALX
Runner-Up: Dell XPS 710 H2C

BEST BUDGET DESKTOP PC (Under $1,000)
Dell Dimension E520/E521
Runner-Up: HP Pavilion Slimline s3020n

BEST MIDRANGE DESKTOP
Dell XPS 410
Runner-Up: HP Pavilion Media Center m8000 Series

BEST SMALL-FORM-FACTOR DESKTOP
Dell XPS 210
Runner-Up: Sony VAIO TP VGX-TP1

BEST HOME THEATER PC
Sony VAIO Digital Living System VGX-XL3
Runner-Up: HP z560 Digital Entertainment Center

BEST DESKTOP-REPLACEMENT NOTEBOOK
Dell Inspiron E1705
Runner-Up: Alienware Area-51 m5550

BEST GAMING NOTEBOOK
Alienware Aurora mALX
Runner-Up: Dell XPS M1710

BEST THIN-AND-LIGHT NOTEBOOK
Sony VAIO VGN-C250N/B
Runner-Up: Dell XPS M1210

BEST ULTRAPORTABLE NOTEBOOK (UNDER 4 POUNDS)
Dell XPS M1330
Runner-Up: Sony VAIO SZ Series

BEST CPU
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800
Runner-Up: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750

BEST MOTHERBOARD
Asus P5B Premium Vista Edition
Runner-Up: Asus P5K3 Deluxe

BEST CASE
Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 nVidia Edition
Runner-Up: Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Pro

BEST GRAPHICS CARD
nVidia GeForce 8800 Ultra
Runner-Up: nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX

BEST HARD DRIVE
Western Digital Raptor X
Runner-Up: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10

BEST LCD MONITOR
Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP-HC
Runner-Up: Samsung SyncMaster 906BW

BEST HOME NETWORKING DEVICE
Linksys WRT300N Router
Runner-Up: D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router

BEST INKJET PRINTER
HP PhotoSmart D7160
Runner-Up: HP Deskjet D4260

BEST MULTIFUNCTION DEVICE
HP Color LaserJet CM1017
Runner Up: HP PhotoSmart C6180

BEST PERSONAL LASER PRINTER
HP Color LaserJet 2600n
Runner-Up: HP LaserJet P2015

BEST INPUT DEVICE
Logitech G5 Laser Mouse
Runner-Up: Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000

BEST DIGITAL STILL CAMERA
Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Runner-Up: Canon EOS Rebel XTi

BEST DIGITAL CAMCORDER
Sony Handycam DCR-SR300
Runner-Up: Sony Handycam HDR-HD7

BEST DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER
Apple iPod
Runner-Up: Apple iPod Nano

BEST PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER/GAMING DEVICE
Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP)
Runner-Up: Nintendo DS Lite

BEST FLAT-SCREEN TELEVISION
Sony KDL-52XBR2
Runner-Up: Samsung LN-T4665F

BEST OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE
Microsoft Office 2007
Runner-Up: OpenOffice.org

BEST PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE
Microsoft Works Suite 2006
Runner-Up: Quicken Premier 2007

BEST PHOTO EDITING/ ORGANIZING SOFTWARE
Adobe Photoshop CS3
Runner-Up: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5

BEST UTILITY PACKAGE
Norton 360
Runner-Up: WinZip 11.1

BEST INTERNET SECURITY SOFTWARE
Norton Internet Security Suite 2007
Runner-Up: ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 7

BEST CD/DVD UTILITY SOFTWARE
Nero 7 Ultra Edition Enhanced
Runner-Up: Roxio Easy Media Creator 9

BEST COMMUNICATIONS SOFTWARE
Google Gmail    
Runner-Up: Microsoft Outlook 2007
BEST PC GAME
Company of Heroes
Runner-Up: The Lord of the Rings Online

BEST MEDIA-PLAYER SOFTWARE
Windows Media Player 11
Runner-Up: Apple iTunes

BEST ONLINE MUSIC STORE
iTunes Store
Runner-Up: Rhapsody

BEST ONLINE SERVICE
YouTube
Runner-Up: Craigslist

BEST FREE DOWNLOAD
Mozilla Firefox
Runner-Up: AVG Anti-Virus

BEST PLACE TO BUY A DESKTOP PC
Dell
Runner-Up: Newegg.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY A LAPTOP PC
Best Buy
Runner-Up: Dell

BEST PLACE TO BUY CORE COMPONENTS, PERIPHERALS, AND SOFTWARE
Newegg.com
Runner-Up: Best Buy

BEST PLACE TO BUY CONSUMER ELECTRONICS
Best Buy
Runner-Up: Newegg.com

MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT OR TECHNOLOGY
Quad-core CPUs
Runner-Up: Apple iPhone

BEST SERVICE AND SUPPORT
Dell
Runner-Up: Hewlett-Packard

BEST PLACE TO BUY (RETAIL)
Best Buy
Runner-Up: Circuit City

BEST PLACE TO BUY (ONLINE)
Newegg.com
Runner-Up: Tiger Direct

About Computer Shopper
With over 340 products covered every issue, and a reach of 2.1 million readers, Computer Shopper magazine is the most comprehensive guide to today's technology. In print and online at http://www.computershopper.com, our expert staff of technology editors helps readers cut through technology-buying clutter with focused editorial that is informative, relevant and actionable. In-depth product reviews, comparison tools and buying advice empower the reader with the information they need to make decisions now and in the future while easy step-by-step how-to guides offer expert advice for upgrading, customizing and repairing their current system.

About SX2 Media Labs, LLC
SX2 Media Labs was founded by David Sills and Barry Schwimmer to serve passionate technology enthusiasts in print and online. With vast experience in magazine and niche media publishing and finance and investment banking respectively, Sills and Schwimmer plan to grow the company through acquisitions of magazines and other niche media businesses in related fields.

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